CAMDEN — Maine artist and science communicator Jill Pelto leads a presentation called “Data Reflections: Interpreting Science Through Art” in an online webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center Tuesday, May 3, at noon.

Art is a powerful tool, useful in communicating abstract scientific concepts to a broader audience in a visually striking way. In this program, Pelto will speak about how her work combines art and science, why science communication is so important, and how she holds onto hope in the face of climate change.

Pelto is an artist and scientist whose work focuses on communicating human-environment connections. She incorporates scientific data directly into her paintings — from local trends to global changes. Pelto has B.A. degrees in Studio Art and Earth and Climate Sciences. Her M.S. focused on studying the stability of the Antarctic Ice Sheet in a warming world. This diverse background has allowed her to create artwork that engages broad audiences with climate change data in ways that are emotionally relevant.

This talk is part of the Online Spring Talk series at Merryspring Nature Center, sponsored by Camden Real-Estate Company. Access to a computer or smart device is required to attend. Please email to register for this program. Zoom links will be sent on the morning of the program. Attendance is free for all.

Merryspring is a community nature center offering walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture educational programs all year round. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off of Route 1 in Camden, behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information on this program, contact or call 207-236-223.